Center for Electric Car and Energy Conversion

Power Electronics and Electric Machines Laboratory

Description

The Power Electronics Laboratory is equipped with three Hampden Engineering Machine Stations and two Faraday Lab Stations, which are used primarily for demonstration experiments. The lab is also equipped with four bench lab stations for students to design, fabricate, and test projects for course and Capstone requirements. Research is conducted here in the area of solid-state power electronics applications and motor drive systems. The students gain hands-on experience in building power electronic based devices which furthers their understanding of class subject material. All state of the art power electronic devices such as Insulated Gate Bipolar transistor (IGBT), MCT, Power BJT, SCR, and MOSFET, are available for students to use.

Design, fabrication, and testing of devices for performance optimization of photovoltaic systems are conducted in this lab. Photovoltaic panels of three different manufacturers (Solarex, Arco, ASE Americas) are installed on the roof. The panels are set up for students to experiment on them to investigate the panel characteristics such as efficiency, open circuit voltage, short circuit current, and power output as these variables change with irradience and temperature. The panels can be reconfigured in various series and paraller combinations.

Courses offered:

  • Electromechanics
  • Power Systems Analysis
  • Advanced Machine Theory
  • Power Electronics
  • Solid State Drives
  • Alternative Energy Sources
  • Photovoltaics
  • Capstone Projects

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